Hundreds of supporters were at Newmarket’s Town Ground on Sunday in support of Shaun Whiter who lost both his legs as the result of a hit and run accident last month.
Twenty-seventy-year-old Shaun, who was released from hospital on Friday, and his friend and fellow football player, Joey Abbs, 31, who sustained serious leg injuries in the crash in Dullingham Road, were the guests of honour at a match between an Ipswich Town X1 and Newmarket Town which raised around £12,000.
The total amount raised now stands at around £100,000.
Shaun, of Burrough Green, was at the game with his fiancee Charlotte Way. The pair are set to marry in the village church next summer when Shaun is determined to walk his bridge down the aisle. Joey was accompanied by his wife Harriet and his brother Mark was in the starting line-up for the Jockeys.
“It is great to be here getting some fresh air. It’s a chance to say thank you to everyone who is supporting us,” said Shaun, who was visibly moved by the show of support he received and the guard of honour provided by both teams.
“I got out of hospital on Friday and it is good being back home. Just being able to get outside in the fresh air has been brilliant.”
Joey added: “It is brilliant to see so many people here today. The support we have had has been massive, to see the football community come together like this is amazing.”
The match saw the likes of John Wark, Kieron Dyer and Jason Dozzell turn out for an Ipswich team managed by Terry Butcher.
Newmarket chairman John Olive said: “It is the whole community who have got behind Shaun and Joey.
“Shaun would have been playing here next season, but despite the crash he is incredibly positive – cracking jokes and enjoying himself. He is a real example to everyone.”
The crash in which Shaun was injured happened after he had gone to help Joey replace a punctured tyre at around 10.50pm on July 1. The injuries resulted in Shaun having both of his legs amputated below the knee.
Jan Adamec, 40, of Shetland Road in Haverhill, has denied two charges of causing serious injuries by dangerous driving. He is due to appear before Cambridge Crown Court on Monday.